Introducing the 2019 Imagine Cup Asia Regional Final Judges
Published Jan 25 2019 11:34 AM 5,270 Views

Our 2019 Imagine Cup journey kicked off a few weeks ago with the announcement of the 12 Regional Finalists advancing to the Asia Regional Final in February to compete for over USD20,000 and spot in the World Championship.


Student developer teams will travel to Sydney, Australia and present a live demo of their projects in front of a panel of four expert judges. Coming from varied backgrounds in tech, industry, and research, judges’ professional experience will allow them to evaluate if a team’s solution uses innovative technology, is comprehensive, marketable, and presents an original idea built on Azure.  


Judges will review each team’s project pitch and ultimately decide who will move forward to the 2019 World Championship this May for a chance to win USD100,000 plus a mentoring session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Follow the action as our regional finalists head to Sydney to compete!


Meet our Asia Regional Final Judges


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Rachel Bondi
Marketing & Operations Director Microsoft Australia

As the Marketing and Operations Director, Rachel Bondi is responsible for the development and execution of marketing strategies across the full range of Microsoft’s products and services in Australia. She also leads the business operations for the local subsidiary including long-term planning initiatives.



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Kate Carruthers
Chief Data Officer at UNSW, Author and founder of IoT MAus

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is co-founder of several startups, including IoTM, and currently advises a number of startups.




mark pesce.pngMark Pesce
Author, Inventor & Futurist

Mark Pesce is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur, and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings.




emily rich.pngEmily Rich
Managing Director for Aus/NZ Microsoft for Startups

Emily co-founded Jemsoft, an AI company, which was then acquired in 2017. Emily went on to co-found M8 Ventures, a venture capital fund, whose concentration is working alongside founders to build out robust commercialization and sustained growth strategies. Emily has joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Startups for ANZ where she is committed to building out startup initiatives for this region for both startups and scaleups.


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